1. The polar vortex is making a comeback.
2. Thousands of people across the South stocked up on fuel and groceries Monday night as schools closed and road crews prepared for subzero weather, a novelty in a region more accustomed to shorts and sunscreen.
In the Carolinas, many school districts are operating on half-day schedules today, so kids can get home before the worst of the storm moves into the area. North Carolina’s Outer Banks area is expecting 8 inches of snow.
3. Public officials from Texas to southeastern Virginia asked drivers to stay off the roads.
Plummeting temperatures and heavy winds in the Midwest resulted in schools and offices closing for a second day in a row. In Minnesota, wind chills could reach 35 to 50 degrees below zero, according to forecasters.
4. In South Carolina, people are preparing for several inches of snow; the state department of transportation sent crews out Tuesday to treat roads with sand and brine to mitigate any trouble caused by icy conditions.
5. In Livingston Parish in southeast Louisiana, authorities put a curfew into effect from Tuesday night to Wednesday morning because of freezing rain.
Sheriff Jason Ard asked for people not to drive, noting that only essential personnel and first responders should be on the road.